On Thursday March 22, 2018, Donald Richard Asher, age 91, of Gaylord met his Savior and joined a host of family and friends in his heavenly home. Donald was born on February 7, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to Gordon and Viola Asher. Donald was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
Don grew up in Detroit, attending the school of hard knocks & leaving home in his teens to serve in the United States Navy where he earned his high school diploma. Shortly after his Navy discharge Don met and married his best friend and love of his life Betty (Harmon). They settled in Detroit where Don worked as an electrician for JL Hudson and welcomed four daughters before moving to the “thumb” of Michigan in an effort to get his growing family out of the city. Don thrived in business ventures in Deckerville, Michigan and added a son and daughter to his family. As a young man Don was active in community life and as a member of St. John Lutheran Church, the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. Don and Betty loved exploring new places and vacationing in Treasure Island, Florida; spending part of every winter there for over forty years.
Retiring to Gaylord in 1980, Don enjoyed family, music, a good party, jokes, lake-life, working out at the gym, his friends and community involvement. Don was a life-long story teller. He was fiercely proud of his service in World War II and never tired of sharing stories of his time in the service or stopping to chat with total strangers about his commemorative carved military cane. When you met Don, you heard about the “love of his life” and his children and grandchildren. If you can’t share a story about Don, or repeat a story from him, then you probably didn’t know him.
Don died quietly in Treasure Island, Florida; unlike the way he lived. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, his #1 daughter Lynn Laughlin and his sister Marian and brother Douglas. He was loved and will be missed and fondly remembered by his son-in law Cal Laughlin, Lexington, daughters Gail (George) Innis, Port Sanilac, Patti (Burton) Cowan, Port Sanilac, Donna (Mark) Randall, Gaylord, Jane (Thomas) Reaney, Santee, California and son Thomas of Port Sanilac as well as 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, special Godchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Don’s family will receive friends and share memories on Friday, April 27th from 4-8 pm at the Nelson Funeral home in Gaylord (where there will be a Masonic ritual at 7 pm) and from 11 am – noon on April 28th at Peace Lutheran Church, Gaylord. A celebration service honoring Don’s life will be held at 12 noon on April 28th at the church. Memorials for Don may be made in lieu of flowers to Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Spina Bifida of Michigan or the Family Discretionary Fund to be distributed to Don’s favorite charities.
Spina Bifida of Michigan Shriners Hospitals for Children
1600 Wilson Blvd #800 2211 Oak Park Avenue
Arlington, Virginia 22209 Chicago, Illinois 60707